As the Ottawa Senators continue their hunt for a head coach, the Montreal Canadiens appear resigned to the fact assistant coach Kirk Muller will be leaving to take on a head coaching job elsewhere.
“Kirk has contributed enormously to the success of our team in recent seasons,” Canadiens coach Jacques Martin told reporters at the club’s development camp on Tuesday. ”He has done a good job for us and I think he is ready.”
For fans trying to put two and two together, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Muller will be the next Senators coach. Muller is also believed to be a front-runner for the Dallas Stars head coaching position, a decision which has been held up due to an ownership change.
Muller is one of at least half a dozen candidates that Senators GM Bryan Murray has interviewed, but Murray is still talking to potential candidates. Binghamton Senators coach Kurt Kleinendorst, fresh from winning the Calder Cup title as American Hockey League champions on Tuesday, could be the final candidate interviewed.
On Tuesday, Murray said that he would ideally like to make a decision on his new coach “in a week or so.”